Friday, January 06, 2006

Can you believe scientific studies?

If you torture data sufficiently, it will confess to almost anything.
- Fred Menger, chemistry professor (1937- )

This ugly fact of life presents a problem for us because it means that we can't believe everything we hear or read that is supposedly based on scientifically sound studies.

As evidence, look at the debates that have gone on over the past couple of decades over the value of taking certain vitamin supplements. Different readers interpret the results of any one study differently.

Maybe we need an agency of government (preferably one that is free of corruption--if that's possible) that could evaluate studies that are made public to determine which are of value and what should be taken as valid evidence from each.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help us determine the difference between fact and truth.
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